FSN# 2016/188 Development Assistance Specialist (LME Specialist)
USAID/Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA), BANGKOK
เลขอ้างอิงผู้ประกอบการ FSN# 2016/188
POSITION GRADE: FSN-11
SALARY: ฿1,262,783 per annum (Starting salary).
APPLICANTS MUST HAVE THE REQUIRED RESIDENCY PERMITS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.
The U.S. Embassy in Thailand is seeking an individual for the position of Development Assistance Specialist (Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation (LME) Specialist) in the U.S. Agency for International Development/Regional Development Mission for Asia (USAID/RDMA), located at Athenee Tower, Wireless Road, Bangkok.
The Development Assistance (LME) Specialist will be a member of the Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation (LME) Team in the Program Development Office (PDO) of USAID/RDMA, based in Bangkok, Thailand. The Specialist will be responsible for guiding and executing organizational learning and adaptive management efforts to increase impact at RDMA. S/he will provide similar services to bilateral missions of USAID across the Asia region, as requested. This includes assisting staff of USAID and its partners across the region, including RDMA, to understand and apply relevant policies, guidance, best-practices, and cutting-edge techniques for integrating Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) into design and implementation of mission-wide strategies, projects and/or activities. It also entails developing, executing and updating associated mission-wide CLA plans. In addition, the Specialist is a source of expertise, provides training, and supports staff of USAID and its partners for LME actions, such as provide technical support on development of project/activity LME plans, integration of indicators, and procurement of evaluations, assessments and other analytical products. The Specialist will report to the LME Team Lead or his/her designee.
The detail of responsibilities includes to the following:
A. Lead and/or Support Design and Implementation of Evidence-based Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management: (75%)
1. Work closely with relevant staff in PDO, technical offices, USAID’s Asia Regional Training Center (ARTC) and other support offices to conduct organizational learning needs assessment and extensive consultations to generate and, as relevant, retool consensus around RDMA’s mission-wide and office-specific learning priorities.
2. Develop RDMA’s mission-wide CLA plan based on results from the needs assessment and consultations, and execute and update the plan as appropriate. In addition, guide and support each technical and support office at RDMA on developing, executing and updating the office-specific CLA plans; ensuring that the design and implementation are in line with the mission-wide CLA plan. The plan will focus on ‘ground-truth’ solutions and generate widespread ownership of the resulting or solution plans.
3. Provide guidance, advice and/or assistance to staff of RDMA and its partners in developing, capturing, testing and sharing models and tools to help improve the quality and use of data including of:
3.1 Knowledge generating and analysis
3.1.1 Planning, establishing/developing, supporting and directing a wide range of organizational interventions for advancing RDMA’s CLA component to facilitate overall strategy implementation.
3.1.2 Devising, proposing, and/or supplementing standardized and customized indicators.
3.1.3 Seeking opportunities to advance knowledge management and learning activities to ensure rapid, effective sharing and application of learning in topics of keen interest to RDMA. Tracking developments in evolving knowledge management to incorporate promising practices, such as outcome mapping and outcome harvesting, social network analyses, mind mapping and other progressive learning tools and approaches to advance USAID learning and effectiveness.
3.1.4 Working closely with other LME/PDO Team members to periodically compile, analyze and/or review M&E and other available data to gauge trends in RDMA programming and to determine program success and necessary modifications.
3.1.5 Developing and leading processes to capture, reflect on, and utilize knowledge gained from M&E and other knowledge-generating activities.
3.1.6 Identifying when triggers demonstrate the need to revise the Mission’s Strategy, Development Objectives or Projects. Gather evidence to substantiate the need and lead the mission through a dialogue and consensus on how to adapt the strategy and/or portfolio implementation in response.
3.2 Knowledge sharing and adaptive management
3.2.1 Developing guidance, procedures and practices to improve institutional memory and support effective knowledge transfer between outgoing and incoming staff.
3.2.2 Setting up methods to validate development hypotheses, to lead, support or conduct mid-point stocktaking of the mission’s strategy and the design of new strategies. Validate critical assumptions underpinning the strategy and development hypothesis.
3.2.3 Leading and contributing to presentation of information and/or generated knowledge to all staff at RDMA.
3.2.4 Identifying ways to reduce and overcome barriers for knowledge sharing both within RDMA and between RDMA and other development actors.
3.2.5 Proposing and coordinating innovative ways to manage knowledge and use information gathered for strategic informed-decision making and program development.
3.2.6 Developing guidance, procedures and practices as well as provide guidance to support continuous learning.
3.2.7 Supporting effective sharing and application of learning in topics of keen interest to RDMA.
4. Serve as RDMA’s Learning Point of Contact (POC) and Mentor
4.1 Convening RDMA’s Learning Team which will steer, prioritize and guide staff in executing an integrated and value-added Mission learning agenda.
4.2 Assisting in the re-orientation of key staff’s current activity-primarily orientation to more holistic program management, more peer and cross-learning and other contemporary, effective learning techniques and opportunities.
4.3 Providing guidance and inputs to RDMA staff who design learning events or trainings/workshops to ensure they incorporate effective adult-learning elements.
4.4 Tracking developments in evolving knowledge management and adult learning fields to share with other staff and incorporate promising practices to advance RDMA learning and effectiveness.
4.5 Tracking and ensuring completion of RDMA’s key reporting documents and data calls.
4.6 Coordinate with all key players to keep abreast of changes in CLA policies, guidance and best practices, as well as to provide constructive feedback and inputs from the field to relevant stakeholders in for further development of the policy and guidance.
4.7 Communicating and advocating USAID’s policy and guidance on CLA and M&E and learning plans design and implementation among staff of USAID and its partners.
4.8 Liaising among staff of RDMA and implementing partners to track, help implement and monitor the Agency policies, guidance and best practices, as well as receive feedback and lessons learned from the field.
4.9 Providing guidance and recommendations to staff of RDMA and its partners in incorporating technical, contextual and experiential learning into project/activity design, implementation and M&E processes.
4.10 Proposing implementation plan for delivering examples, tools, guidance and mentoring to improve the ability of staff to incorporate learning as part of their everyday work such as strengthening rigor of integrated data analyses and/or data triangulation, fostering the culture of data-driven decision making, and support staff on identifying opportunities for collaboration or joint programming across different technical office.
4.11 Developing guidance and making contributions toward (a) language for funding agreements that emphasizes CLA; (b) development of “influence plans” as part of project design to leverage the resources and actions of other development actors; (c) implementation of the learning aspects of new program cycle guidance (CDCS, project design, program performance management, M&E); (d) implementation of the forthcoming Agency Knowledge Management (KM)/Learning Strategy; and (f) improve M&E approaches to track results at all levels and to supplement common and established key indicators with approaches that support continuous review and iterative course correction/adaptation.
4.12 Collaborating with Asia Regional Training Center (ARTC), identifying training needs and opportunities around learning, as well as designing and/or delivering capacity-building activities such as formal/informal trainings or workshops with USAID staff and/or implementing partners according to the identified learning needs.
4.13 Engaging and fostering relations with Asia’s stakeholders outside of RDMA. Identifying opportunities to link RDMA’s contributions to other stakeholders’ efforts and developing “influence plans” or “collaboration mapping” as part of project and activity design.
4.14 Developing processes, practices and guidance to support effective stakeholder engagement.
5. Serve as a member of RDMA’s Support Objective team to support learning and knowledge management in USAID operating units across the region as required.
B. Lead and/or support other program cycle tasks at RDMA: 25%
- Support design and execution of the Mission Portfolio Reviews to better build learning into existing processes.
- Contribute to project and/or activity design, either as a design team member or ad hoc advisor. This may require inputs or a leading role in developing whole M&E and learning plans and/or parts of the plans such as results frameworks and/or theories of change and key assumptions, designing and/or planning for testing the theories of change and assumptions, developing and/or identifying indicators and ways to integrate them into all levels of the results chain.
- Review and provide comments on project/activity M&E and Learning plans, SOWs and/or reports for evaluations and other types of special studies.
- Design, solicit and manage selected M&E and Learning grants/contracts, including analytic studies and assessments, as required.
- Serve as RDMA’s Performance Monitoring and/or Evaluation Point of Contact, as required.
- Participate in and support PDO’s USAID Forward implementation plan and meetings.
- Communicate policy, planning and implementation decisions at official meetings and events, as delegated.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED AND SELECTION CRITERIA:
All applications must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item in DS-174 block no. 19-22. If the application submitted fails to demonstrate eligibility, the application will be marked unqualified. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide all pertinent information.
(1) Education: Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Business Administration, Development Studies, Statistics or equivalent/relevant field.
(2) Experience (30 points): A minimum of five years of progressively responsible, professional-level experience in monitoring and evaluation, knowledge management, analysis and interpretation of complex and large amounts of data, organizational and/or strategic learning with a development agency(ies) or international organization(s) is required.
(3) Language: Level IV, Fluent in English and Thai is required.
(4) Knowledge (30 points): Understanding of the economic, social, cultural and political characteristics of development assistance is required. The incumbent must have strong working knowledge of current best practices on organizational learning and adaptive management. Comprehensive knowledge of monitoring and evaluation, research design, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, data triangulation, and data interpretation is required. The work requires knowledge and understanding of the organizational dynamics and the respective roles of highly-complex, international organizations, as well as a familiarity with a wide range of issues such as gender-constraints to development, economies, democracy, environment, climate change, migration and global health, in order to enhance effective communication, and to develop consensus on CLA strategy and implementation plans.
(5) Skills and Abilities (40 points):
- Advanced technical skills and ability to independently lead the design and implementation of complex monitoring, evaluation and learning plans are required.
- Advanced knowledge and skills with Microsoft Office software, such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and ability to quickly learn and use other Agency-standard computer programs are required.
- Strong leadership and interpersonal skills to be able to work in a collegial and persuasive fashion in a team environment to achieve consensus, to affect staff behavior/attitude change, and to coordinate work processes/requirements across the Mission and implementing partners are required.
- Strong analytical and data analysis skills are required.
- Strong organizational, teamwork, and planning and management skills within a multi-cultural environment are required.
- Ability to work independently with no or minimal supervision, take initiative, and follow guidance are required.
- Flexibility and capacity to adapt to and operate in a complex and rapidly-changing environment are required.
- Ability to conduct training, facilitate group meeting or events or convening people in large organizations is required.
- Strong oral and presentation skills. Ability to write technical reports and policy briefs are required.
Applications will be initially screened and scored for eligibility in accordance with the required qualifications and points mentioned above. To be considered for candidacy, applicants must address each criterion in their application as to how they meet the minimum qualifications for this position. Top-ranked candidates who meet the minimum qualification will be given a recruitment test. The recruitment test and interview will be structured around the selection criteria above. Applicants with passing marks from recruitment test and with a valid TOEIC score of 855 or above will be invited for an interview. Recruitment test and interview will be conducted in USAID/RDMA Bangkok, Thailand. USAID/RDMA will screen for nepotism/conflict of interest in determining successful candidacy. Reference checks will be conducted once the applicant pool is narrowed down to the top candidate(s). Only shortlisted candidates for final interview will be notified of the selection result. Internal candidates must have successfully completed a one year probationary period of employment before being eligible to apply.
Please follow the check lists and submission guidelines, posted on the official website: http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/job_opportunities.html carefully and submit complete application package before the deadline.
Failure to follow the instructions will invalidate your application.
CLOSING DATE FOR THE POSITION: December 1, 2016
USAID/Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA), BANGKOK
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